“Hear me, four quarters of the world. A relative I am!” This profound statement of the prayer of Sioux Indian Black Elk dramatically begins this piece. Upbeat in tempo, with a spirited piano accompaniment and great harmonic color, this is a welcome addition to repertoire related to peace or humanity.
Hear me, four quarters of the world.
A relative I am!
Give me the strength to walk the soft earth.
Give me the eyes to see and the strength to understand.
Look upon these faces of children without number,
That they may face the winds and
Walk the good road to the day of quiet.
This is my prayer; hear me.